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Voters Send Message in Primary Election for Yakima County Sheriff

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 YAKIMA, WA. -- The race to replace retiring Sheriff Ken Irwin has been getting quite the attention and Tuesday, the results are proving the same.

The race for Sheriff is one that everyone is watching very closely. With a packed field of 6 candidates, it was very much unclear who was going to pull ahead. But looking at the results, the voters sent a pretty clear message.

Nearly half of all the ballots went to current Yakima County Sheriff's Lieutenant Brian Winter. He got almost 6 thousand more votes than second place Jim Keightly, a Captain for the Ellensburg Police Department. 

We caught up with Lieutenant Winter after the election results came in. 

"The single overwhelming emotion has been the humility that comes with this kind of support," Lt. Winter said. "And the realization that people trust you and that you cannot let them down."

Now Winter and Keightly will have a run-off in the November election for Sheriff. We tried to reach out to Jim Keightly Tuesday to get a statement from him but our calls were not immediately returned.

If we had any questions before Tuesday about the front runner for the next Yakima County Sheriff, they have now been answered.